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2 talks at Taylor Community about history of Laconia

LACONIA — The Taylor Community will help to celebrate the 385th Anniversary of the Signing of the Laconia Grant on Monday, April 13 at 3 p.m. by welcoming Pat Tierney, who will present a history lesson and discussion about the Laconia Grant of 1629.

"This presentation is the culmination of research Pat has been working on for quite some time," said Brenda Kean, Laconia Historical and Museum Society Director. "I'm sure those in attendance will be impressed and intrigued with this incredible history lesson about Laconia."

Pat will return Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. to present "Jeremy Belknap and Early Laconia," Attendees will be introduced to Mr. Belknap (1744-1798) , an American clergyman and historian, whose great achievement was "The History of New Hampshire," published in three volumes between 1784 and 1792.

Pat is a member of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society Board of Directors and was recently presented with a Commendation from Governor Maggie Hassan for his research on the subject. Both events are free and open to the public and will be held at Taylor's Woodside Building.

For more information or to reserve seating call 524-5600.

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Craft fair at Opechee Conference Center April 11 & 12

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair will take place Saturday, April, and Sunday, April 12, at the Opehee Conference Center, 62 Doris Ray Court, in Laconia. Hours for the fair are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Seventy exhibitors are scheduled to be on hand offering a wide variety of craft items, including pottery, spring floral arrangements, glass art, Alice's tole creations, original artwork, wooden crafts, hot and cold packs, fabric crafts, home decor, goat milk soaps, wood turned crafts, wearable art, origami, fine jewelry, soy candles, American Girl doll clothing, fire colorants, hand-painted gnome birdhouses, bat and birdhouses, and Moose Man photography.

There will be a raffle with proceeds going to benefit the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia. Tim Janis will provide musical entertainment.

Admission is free. Further information can be obtained by calling (603) 528-4014 or visiting www.joycescraftshows.com.


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Genesis Behavioral offers Mental Health First Aid training class

LACONIA — Genesis Behavioral Health will offer a Mental Health First Aid Training to interested community members on Thursday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Woodside Building at Taylor Community.

Taught by certified instructors, Mental Health First Aid trains community members to recognize and respond to someone on the verge of a crisis arising from mental illness or substance abuse. Participants will be prepared to recognize and teach others to recognize the symptoms of mental illness, alleviate an emergent crisis, and make a referral to appropriate services. They will learn to assess risk, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance, encourage professional help, and encourage self-help.

"This training is for anyone, from police and first responders to store owners, educators, clergy, public officials, and any caring citizen," said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "It will help people get treatment, in the right place, at the right time, using a proactive rather than a reactive approach."

The cost of the training is $70 and includes course materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Space is limited. Advanced registration required by Friday, April 17th by calling Linda Hagan at 524-1100 x120. Participants must be eighteen or older.

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Reception and gallery for the PSU Center for the environment exhibit

PLYMOUTH — Students, staff and faculty from Plymouth State University's Center for the Environment (CFE) have developed an exhibition featuring visualizations of environmental data, which will feature a reception and gallery talks by participants in the exhibit on Tuesday, April 21 from 4-6 p.m. on the main level of the Learning Commons.

The exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Lamson Learning Commons. Jennifer Green, Lamson digital projects librarian, curated the exhibition.

Professor Mark Green says, "As scientists, we produce and process data that helps us interpret and quantify the world around us. At times we realize that the data visualizations we produce might be interesting to non-scientists. By embracing these opportunities and sharing our work publicly, we can improve our skill at engaging and informing the general public in scientific discovery."

The exhibition displays images that arise during environmental research, and some are attempts to emphasize the artistic aspect of the data. The exhibit shares the artistic perspective of scientists and provides an opportunity to show the aesthetics that come from, or can be produced from, the scientific process.

Multiple scientific fields are represented in this exhibit, including ecological economics, hydrology, soil science, water chemistry and geospatial science. First-year CFE graduate student Carolyn Ellis from Campton says, "My abstract art piece was created from White Mountain National Forest streamwater chemistry data. Not only is it cool to see art derived from science, but it is an added bonus to have that art reflect the research that occurs locally." Her colleague, second-year CFE graduate student Chelsea Berg from Rickman, Tenn., agrees. She says, "I have spent much time and energy learning a tool that models ecosystem services for my thesis work. Thus, my piece in the exhibit depicts experiencing a learning curve. I hope visitors will connect with the iteration of failures and the power of perseverance."

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